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Places where history changed

Corner where Archduke Ferdinand was shot in 1914

Corner where Archduke Ferdinand was shot in 1914

Today 28 June we have heard much of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo 100 years ago; the event that sparked the beginning of the first World War. I was lucky enough to visit Sarejevo last year and of course the first place I visited was that corner. However it was the more recent events of the 4 year siege 1992 to 1995 and the massacres in Srebenica, where 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed, that had a very strong impact on me. These were not in far gone days but only 20 or so years ago.

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Travelling on trains

Across Mongolia

Across Mongolia

I am about to start on a 3 week trip to the North Island of New Zealand which includes a train trip, the Auckland Wellington Northern Explorer, described by The Man in Seat Sixty One as

..an epic 681 kilometre (423 mile) journey right across the interior of the North Island, taking you in a single day past every kind of scenery there is, from coastline to volcanoes to mountains, from lush green farmland to thick New Zealand rainforest.

This has made me think about the train journeys I have done and why I am so enamoured of travelling by train.
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People Along the Way

One of the joys of this trip has been the people I have met along the way.

Tour group dressed to enter the Holy Shrine in Mushad, Iran

Tour group dressed to enter the Holy Shrine in Mushad, Iran

First of course there were those on the tour from Beijing to Istanbul, 6 women and one man from Australia, all of a certain age but from variety of backgrounds and a very wide range of social and political views. Our guide was a young Russian woman who had grown up in Kyrgyzstan because her grandparents had been sent there as part of Stalin’s gulag. Continue reading

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